November 25, 2003—Vienna, Austria—With its signing today of a contract for the Ex Libris SFX linking technology, the Universität Wien (Vienna University) has become the forty-eighth German-speaking institution to license this ground-breaking product.
Founded in 1365, the Vienna University Library (VUL) is the oldest university library in any of the German-speaking countries and today serves some 130,000 registered patrons. The VUL has a collection of nearly six million volumes and 12,440 periodicals; in addition, it provides access to 800 databases. As a major participant in the Austrian Central Catalog (ACC) consortium, the VUL has been using the ALEPH 500 library system since 1999.
In the words of Dr. Ilse Dosoudil, VUL director, "The introduction of SFX is a further building block for the ongoing extension and improvement of the services we offer to our patrons in the use of electronic resources. A deciding factor in our decision, besides the SFX functionality, was the absolute compatibility between SFX and our ALEPH 500 library system. We are eager to continue our hitherto highly satisfactory collaboration with Ex Libris."
SFX—the original OpenURL link server—is an innovative tool for navigation and discovery. It provides users with context-sensitive services that librarians define on the basis of their institution's e-collections and policies. Such services, which are dynamically created, can include links to the full text of an article, the OPAC (for local holdings), preferred document-delivery suppliers, Web-based resources, local information repositories, and a range of other services. For more information on SFX, see www.sfxit.com.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading worldwide developer of high-performance applications for libraries, information centers, and researchers. A multinational company, Ex Libris has offices around the world. ALEPH, the Ex Libris integrated library solution, has been installed at over 800 sites in 50 countries. MetaLib, the information portal for library collections, and SFX, the context-sensitive linking solution for heterogeneous electronic resources in the scholarly information environment, have been purchased by more than 450 customers in 29 countries. The DigiTool solution for constructing digital collections as components of an overall digital strategy rounds out the Ex Libris product suite.